French & Continental Furniture Consignment
Sotheby’s offers 18th-century French furniture and decorative arts, including mirrors, clocks and lighting such as candelabra, torchères and chandeliers as well as furniture and decorative arts from Continental Europe, including Germany, Italy, Sweden and Russia, from the 17th to the late 19th century.
In July 2019, Sotheby’s London presented the specially curated Treasures sale for the tenth consecutive year, featuring rare and sought-after masterpieces representing the pinnacle of decorative arts. Since its inception in 2010, Sotheby’s Treasures sales have achieved £108.5 million in 288 lots. Our 2019 Royal & Noble sale presented heirlooms from important European families, such as Bourbon-Parma, Oldenburg, Hohenzollern, Paternò- Castello, Sayn-Wittgenstein, Dukes of Hamilton and the Imperial Habsburg and Bonaparte families.
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European Furniture Consigned with Sotheby's
13LotA FLEMISH EBONY CABINET (KUNSTKAST) WITH PAINTED PANELS AFTER VERONESE AND FETTI, ANTWERP, CIRCA 1650 |a flemish ebony cabinet (kunstkast) with painted panels after veronese and fetti, antwerp, circa 1650 |3 July 2019 | Sale Price 250,000 GBPEstimate 200,000 – 300,000 GBP3 July 2019 | Sale Price 250,000 GBPTreasures3 July 2019 | 5:30 PM BST | London
61LotATTRIBUTED TO EMMANUEL-JOSEPH ZWIENERA FRENCH GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED TULIPWOOD AND ROSEWOOD DINING TABLE, PARIS, CIRCA 1890 |attributed to emmanuel-joseph zwienera french gilt-bronze mounted tulipwood and rosewood dining table, paris, circa 1890 |25 June 2019 | Sale Price 237,500 EUREstimate 40,000 – 60,000 EUR25 June 2019 | Sale Price 237,500 EURVue sur la Riviera – La Villa d’un Collectionneur25 June 2019 | 2:30 PM CEST | Paris
78LotA GERMAN ROCOCO STYLE GILT-BRONZE AND BERLIN (K.P.M.) PORCELAIN TWENTY-ONE LIGHT CHANDELIER BASED ON A ROYAL MODEL THE GILT-BRONZE MAINLY 18TH CENTURY, THE PORCELAIN MAINLY LATE 19TH CENTURY WITH EARLIER ELEMENTS |a german rococo style gilt-bronze and berlin (k.p.m.) porcelain twenty-one light chandelier based on a royal model the gilt-bronze mainly 18th century, the porcelain mainly late 19th century with earlier elements |17 January 2019 | Sale Price 43,750 GBPEstimate 40,000 – 60,000 GBP17 January 2019 | Sale Price 43,750 GBPRoyal & Noble17 January 2019 | 10:30 AM GMT | London
117LotFRANÇOIS LINKE (1855 - 1946)A FRENCH GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED MAHOGANY TABLE, PARIS, CIRCA 1900 |françois linke (1855 - 1946)a french gilt-bronze mounted mahogany table, paris, circa 1900 |25 June 2019 | Sale Price 27,500 EUREstimate 6,000 – 8,000 EUR25 June 2019 | Sale Price 27,500 EURVue sur la Riviera – La Villa d’un Collectionneur25 June 2019 | 2:30 PM CEST | Paris
243LotAN IMPERIAL AUSTRIAN BAROQUE STYLE EBONY, EBONIZED, FRUITWOOD, BRASS, PEWTER AND COPPER MARQUETRY ARMORIAL TABLE, CIRCA 1872 |an imperial austrian baroque style ebony, ebonized, fruitwood, brass, pewter and copper marquetry armorial table, circa 1872 |17 January 2019 | Sale Price 8,125 GBPEstimate 3,000 – 5,000 GBP17 January 2019 | Sale Price 8,125 GBPRoyal & Noble17 January 2019 | 10:30 AM GMT | London
86LotA RUSSIAN NEOCLASSICAL GILT-BRONZE GUÉRIDON, LATE 18TH CENTURY |a russian neoclassical gilt-bronze guéridon, late 18th century |21 May 2019 | Sale Price 100,000 GBPEstimate 40,000 – 60,000 GBP21 May 2019 | Sale Price 100,000 GBPStyle: Private Collections21 May 2019 | 1:00 PM BST | London
22LotA JASPERWARE-MOUNTED GILTWOOD, MAHOGANY AND TULIPWOOD SALON SUITE, PROBABLY RUSSIAN, LATE 19TH CENTURY |a jasperware-mounted giltwood, mahogany and tulipwood salon suite, probably russian, late 19th century |25 June 2019 | Sale Price 27,500 EUREstimate 20,000 – 30,000 EUR25 June 2019 | Sale Price 27,500 EURVue sur la Riviera – La Villa d’un Collectionneur25 June 2019 | 2:30 PM CEST | Paris
39LotA FRENCH RÉGENCE CARVED BEECHWOOD CANED ARMCHAIR, CIRCA 1720 |a french régence carved beechwood caned armchair, circa 1720 |9 April 2019 | Sale Price 7,500 EUREstimate 6,000 – 8,000 EUR9 April 2019 | Sale Price 7,500 EURStyle : Mobilier, Objets d’art et Orfèvrerie9 April 2019 | 2:30 PM CEST | Paris
23LotAN ITALIAN PIETRA DURA AND GILTWOOD GUÉRIDON, FLORENCE, CIRCA 1840-1860 |an italian pietra dura and giltwood guéridon, florence, circa 1840-1860 |25 June 2019 | Sale Price 25,000 EUREstimate 15,000 – 25,000 EUR25 June 2019 | Sale Price 25,000 EURVue sur la Riviera – La Villa d’un Collectionneur25 June 2019 | 2:30 PM CEST | Paris
77LotA LOUIS XV CREAM PAINTED SOFA BY JEAN-JACQUES POTHIER, CIRCA 1760 [CANAPÉ VEILLEUSE EN BOIS RELAQUÉ CRÈME D'ÉPOQUE LOUIS XV, VERS 1760, PAR JEAN-JACQUES POTHIER]a louis xv cream painted sofa by jean-jacques pothier, circa 1760 [canapé veilleuse en bois relaqué crème d'époque louis xv, vers 1760, par jean-jacques pothier]10 July 2019 | Sale Price 3,000 EUREstimate 800 – 1,200 EUR10 July 2019 | Sale Price 3,000 EURChâteau d’Aunoy : du XVIIIe siècle au Design | Online28 June–10 July 2019 | 3:00 PM CEST | Paris
53LotA CUT CRYSTAL AND GILT-BRONZE GUÉRIDON, MID-19TH CENTURY |a cut crystal and gilt-bronze guéridon, mid-19th century |9 April 2019 | Sale Price 11,875 EUREstimate 8,000 – 12,000 EUR9 April 2019 | Sale Price 11,875 EURStyle : Mobilier, Objets d’art et Orfèvrerie9 April 2019 | 2:30 PM CEST | Paris
81LotA CARVED GILTWOOD BERGÈRE À OREILLES, LOUIS XV, CIRCA 1760 |a carved giltwood bergère à oreilles, louis xv, circa 1760 |9 April 2019 | Sale Price 2,500 EUREstimate 2,000 – 3,000 EUR9 April 2019 | Sale Price 2,500 EURStyle : Mobilier, Objets d’art et Orfèvrerie9 April 2019 | 2:30 PM CEST | Paris
Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the best time to sell my French and Continental Furniture?Exceptional French and Continental furniture is in demand throughout the year. During Sotheby's French & Continental Furniture auctions, collectors, academics, museum curators and new buyers assemble to acquire fine antiques made in France and other European countries. Classic examples of offerings from the French Furniture category include styles such as Régence, Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Restauration, Directoire, Empire, Neoclassical, Rococo and Napoleon. There is no better time to consign antique French and Continental furniture with Sotheby’s. If you wish to sell antique furniture, simply send photographs, paperwork and other background information to Sotheby’s for a free auction estimate.
- How often does Sotheby's sell French Furniture and Continental Furniture?Annually, Sotheby’s London presents the Treasures sale, featuring rare decorative arts masterpieces. Along with single-owner sales, the French & Continental Furniture department also holds Sotheby’s Royal & Noble sale once a year in London, offering property with distinguished aristocratic provenances. Each spring and winter, the department presents a sale exploring the concept of style throughout the centuries, appealing to connoisseurs and decorators alike. Those sales include: Style: Private Collections in London, Style: Silver, Ceramics, Furniture in New York and Style: Mobilier, Objets d’art et Orfèvrerie in Paris. Sotheby’s, your most reliable resource for fine French and Continental furniture auction appraisal and consignment, achieves hammer prices well above our low estimates.
- Why is antique French Furniture highly collectible?Enthusiasts and connoisseurs buy and sell antique French and Continental furniture because it is exquisitely designed and constructed. French furniture makers created pieces for every possible function. Whether they were little tables or stylised armchairs, these distinct designs proliferated across European living rooms. Beginning in the 18th century, inventories and catalogues in England and America used French language to describe specific types of furniture. Since France was the epicentre for style and taste, other countries adopted French phrasing, and Sotheby’s still does so in our auction catalogues today. When you are ready to consign French furniture, Sotheby’s can help you realise the highest price.
- What are the best-selling types of French Furniture?Because this category is quite diverse, many types of French and other European furniture, art and decorative accessories are in demand. Sotheby’s top-selling French Furniture pieces include a bureau, table, chair, desk or cabinet in classic styles that were created during French furniture movements that include the Régence, Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Restauration, Directoire, Empire, Neoclassical, Rococo and Napoleon periods. Discover more about the elements of French Furniture style.
Sotheby’s is your best resource to buy and sell French furniture and consign Continental furniture in rare, collectible styles such as Régence, Regency, Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Restauration, Restoration, Directoire, Empire, Neoclassical, Rococo and Napoleon from highly collectible French furniture and ormolu makers such as BVRB, Dubois, Louis Delanois, Jean-Henri Riesner, David Roentgen, Nicholas Petit, Lacroix, Tilliard, Michel Cresson, Saunier, Latz, Pierre Roussel, RVLC, Criaerd, Delorme, Etienne Avril, Adam Weisweiler, Canabas, Georges Jacob, Jacob et Freres, Jean-François Leleu, Martin Carlin, Séné, Pierre Garnier, Carpentier, Pierre Denizot, Charles Topino, Pierre-Philippe Thomire, Andre-Charles Boulle, Pierre Gouthière, François Rémond, Jacques Caffieri and Saint-Germain.